Proposals are now being accepted for the 2019 Bank of America Art Conservation Project. Nonprofit cultural institutions with artwork requiring much-needed conservation are welcome and encouraged to submit a proposal. The grant proposal process is available online at www.bankofamerica.com/artconservation. All proposals must be submitted before May 17 to be eligible for funding in 2019.
The Bank of America Art Conservation Project provides grants to nonprofit museums throughout the world to conserve historically or culturally significant works of art that are in danger of deterioration, including objects that have been designated as national treasures. Since the program’s inception in 2010, Bank of America has provided grants for more than 150 projects in 31 countries on six continents to conserve paintings, sculptures, and archaeological pieces that are critically important to cultural heritage and the history of art.
“The Bank of America Art Conservation Project allows us to fund the preservation and restoration of significant artwork from around the world and throughout history,” said Rena DeSisto, global arts and culture executive for Bank of America. “We are a steadfast supporter of the arts and believe in their power to help individuals connect with each other and across cultures.”
Last year, Bank of America awarded 21 grants for the restoration of iconic works including: “Coronation of the Virgin” (circa 1492 C.E.) by Sandro Botticelli and Domenico Ghirlandaio at The Bass, Miami Beach; “Deposition” (1507 C.E.) by Raphael at Galleria Borghese, Rome; “Pan American Unity” (1940 C.E.), a historic mural by Diego Rivera at San Francisco Museum of Art; 13 pieces of Mesoamerican sculpture (circa 900-1520 C.E.) at Museo Nacional de Antropología, Mexico City; a Buddhist monk’s robe from the Yuan-Ming dynasty (circa 1270-1370 C.E.) in China at Tokyo National Museum; and “The Burghers of Calais” (1884-1895 C.E.), a bronze statue created by Auguste Rodin at Kunsthaus Zürich.
Submitted proposals will be reviewed by the Bank of America Art Conservation team, as well as members of the bank’s Art Conservation Project Advisory Panel, which includes: Barbara Buckley, The Barnes Foundation; Nick Dorman, Seattle Art Museum; Mark Lewis, Chrysler Museum of Art; Marv Richard, National Gallery of Art; Laura Rivers, J. Paul Getty Museum; Stefan Simon, Yale University; and Lena Stringari, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum.
The Art Conservation Project is a key element of Bank of America’s program of arts support worldwide, and part of the company’s environmental, social and governance program. The support Bank of America provides for the arts is global in scope and diverse, spanning both the visual and performing arts. The program includes loans of its private art collection to museums at no cost, sponsorships, and grants to arts organizations for arts education and the preservation of cultural treasures. Learn more about our art programs.
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